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How To Select Cutting and Shearing Equipment

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Cutting Metal Technology

In today’s competitive manufacturing environment, efficiency and precision are paramount. One crucial aspect of this environment is the processing of metal sheets through sheet metal cutting and shearing. This involves trimming metal sheets into desired dimensions and shapes, a vital step in fabricating various products. This article provides a comprehensive understanding of KORE Machinery’s advanced sheet metal cutting machines and sheet metal shearing equipment.

Working Principles

Sheet metal cutting machines operate based on a straightforward principle involving a blade and a fixed edge. The metal sheet is positioned between the blade and the selected edge, followed by applying force to the blade, causing it to move downward and shear the metal sheet. On the other hand, sheet metal shearing equipment operates by placing the metal sheet between two blades and applying force to cut the metal.

Material Considerations

Various factors must be considered when cutting and shearing different types of metal sheets:

  • Thickness of the Metal: The thickness of the metal sheet will dictate the type of cutting or shearing machine required.
  • Type of Metal: Different metals have unique properties, and the selected machine must be suitable for the type of metal being processed.
  • Surface Quality: The metal sheet’s surface quality can impact the cut or shear quality.

KORE Machinery’s CTL lines are designed to handle various metal types and thicknesses, ensuring optimal performance for each application.

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Start/Stop Cut-To-Length Line

The Start/Stop Cut-To-Length Line is a premier offering in KORE Machinery’s comprehensive range of Cut-To-Length (CTL) products. This advanced machinery specializes in transforming metal coils into precise lengths. It is designed to handle a range of materials, including stainless steel, aluminum, cold-rolled, hot-rolled, and surface-treated metals.

The line includes several stages that uncoil, straighten, trim, and cut metal with precision and efficiency, from employing an AC Servo Motor to ensure constant back tension in the uncoiling stage to the final stacking stage, automating the entire process for maximum productivity.

Rotary Shear Cut-To-Length Line

The Rotary Shear Cut-To-Length Line is designed for optimal efficiency and precision. It can handle up to 80,000 lbs of coil weight, 96 inches of strip width, and 1 inch of strip thickness at 275 ft/min speeds, processing a wide range of materials, including stainless steel, aluminum, and surface-treated metals.

The inclusion of features like an energy-saving uncoiler, ‘hands-off’ strip feeding system, efficient crop shear, surface-protecting PVC & paper application, precise edge trimmer, stress-eliminating 6-Hi Cassette Style Leveler, smooth-operating measuring roll, and a high-speed, energy-efficient rotary shear, make the Rotary Shear Cut-To-Length Line a standout product.

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Accuracy and Precision

Achieving high levels of accuracy and precision is pivotal for the quality of the final product. Several factors influence accuracy and precision:

  • Machine Calibration: Proper machine calibration ensures accurate and precise cuts.
  • Blade Sharpness: The blade’s sharpness affects the cut or shear quality.
  • Material Properties: The properties of the metal sheet, such as its hardness and thickness, can impact the accuracy and precision of the cut.

KORE Machinery’s equipment is engineered to ensure the highest levels of accuracy and precision, thanks to our state-of-the-art technology and stringent quality control processes.

Maintenance and Safety

Maintaining sheet metal cutting machinery is not only crucial for ensuring optimal performance but also for upholding safety standards. Regular maintenance plays a key role in the smooth and safe operation of these machines.

One of the primary maintenance tasks involves regular inspections of the machinery. It’s important to check for any signs of wear or damage that could impair the machine’s functionality or safety. Identifying and addressing these issues early can prevent more serious problems down the line.

Another vital aspect of maintenance is keeping the blades sharp and well-lubricated. Dull or poorly lubricated blades can lead to inefficient cutting and increased wear on the machinery. Proper blade maintenance ensures cleaner cuts and prolongs the life of the machine.

Ensuring that all safety features are functioning properly is also critical. This includes checking guards, emergency stop buttons, and any other safety mechanisms. These features are essential for protecting the operator from potential hazards associated with operating the machinery.


Sheet cutting and shearing are essential processes in various industries, including:

  • Automotive: Production of automobile parts such as body panels, frames, and brackets.
  • Construction: Production of building materials such as roofing sheets, wall panels, and structural components.
  • Aerospace: Production of aircraft components such as fuselage panels, wing parts, and brackets.
  • Electronics: Electronic components such as enclosures, chassis, and brackets are produced.

KORE Machinery’s shearing equipment is versatile and can be customized to meet the specific needs of various industries, making them an ideal solution for a wide range of applications.

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Technological Advancements

The technology behind sheet metal cutting equipment has significantly evolved over the years. Some of the latest advancements include:

  • CNC Control: Computer Numerical Control (CNC) allows the machine’s programming to achieve precise and repeatable cuts or shears.
  • Automation: Automation of the feeding, cutting, and stacking processes increases efficiency and reduces labor costs.
  • Laser and Plasma Cutting: These cutting methods offer higher precision and faster cutting speeds compared to traditional mechanical cutting methods.

KORE Machinery stays at the forefront of technology, continually innovating and upgrading our metal cutting lines to offer the most advanced and efficient solutions.

Selection Criteria

Selecting the right cut-to-length line for your operation requires careful consideration of several key factors:

  • Material Type and Thickness: The type and thickness of the metal sheets you will be processing will determine the most suitable machine for your needs.
  • Production Volume: The production volume will determine the level of automation and speed required from the machine.
  • Accuracy and Precision: The required accuracy and precision of the cuts or shears will determine the type of machine and technology required.

KORE Machinery’s team of experts can help you select the right piece of equipment for your specific needs, ensuring optimal performance and efficiency.

Cost Considerations

The cost of shearing equipment includes the initial investment, operational costs, and maintenance costs. Factors that affect the cost include:

  • Machine Capacity: Machines with higher capacity and speed are generally more expensive.
  • Level of Automation: Highly automated machines are usually more expensive but can reduce labor costs and increase efficiency.
  • Technology: Advanced technology, such as CNC control and laser or plasma cutting, can increase the cost of the machine but can also result in higher precision and efficiency.

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Ready For More Information?

The efficiency and precision of metal processing are critical in manufacturing. Prioritizing accuracy, safety, and technological innovation, KORE Machinery provides tailor-made solutions for diverse industries.

Call us now at (419) 351-6208 to optimize your production process and minimize costs.

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